My daughter just loves The Pigeon books by Mo Willems so we decided to do a themed party of the Pigeon.
I baked this great cake in a large rectangular cake pan. I used both white and chocolate cake mix to make it half and half. I did this by simultaneously pouring in the cake mixes from the ends until they met in the middle. After cooling, I iced it with white homemade buttercream icing. I let it set for about 20 minutes.
While setting, I tinted some of the frosting black for the writing, outlining and edging. I tinted some aqua for the pigeon and some yellow for the background. I then iced the background and the 2 long sides plus one short side yellow. For the conversation balloon area, I iced it with white buttercream. I took a toothpick and lightly drew out where the conversation balloon and the pigeon were going to be. I then outlined with black frosting using a writing tip and did the wording. I switched to the star tip and did the top edging.
I then used the aqua frosting with the star tip and filled in the pigeon, except for the neck and eyes which I did with white and the iris with black. I carried down the icing on this short side of the cake to make the body of the pigeon. I used the remaining icing and did the bottom edging around the cake.
My dad loves to watch the birds in the garden so I thought this year I would make him a Homemade Bird Watching Cake.
I baked the cake in a 2 pint pudding bowl left to cool overnight then I crumb coated it and put in fridge to cool. Meanwhile the icing to cover the cake I coloured brown then kept a small amount aside for the birds and the log which the bird is sitting on. I then rolled out and covered the cake. I put the cake aside while I coloured three seperate batches of icing three different colours of green for the leaves, and started to cut out leaf shapes keeping them under cling film until ready to use so they didn't dry out.
I did some flesh coloured icing for the man's face and hands, and blue for the man's arms and a small amount of black for the binoculars, shaped all the pieces and attached to the cake, then I started adding the leaves until the whole cake was covered.
I then shaped the birds and made a small amount of yellow for the beaks and tail of the birds, then I added some white eyes to the birds. To finish off I coloured some coconut with a little green food colouring paste in my food processor to make it look like grass and sprinkled it around the base of the cake and log.